entanglement


noun

  1. the act of entangling.
  2. the state of being entangled.
  3. something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication.

noun

  1. something that entangles or is itself entangled
  2. a sexual relationship regarded as unfortunate, damaging, or compromising
n.

1640s, from entangle + -ment. Foreign entanglements does not appear as such in Washington’s Farewell Address, though he nonetheless warns against them. The phrase is found in William Coxe’s 1798 memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole.

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